Pen & Pixel - 15 November 2022

Queensland Writers Centre's weekly newsletter filled with news, events, competitions and opportunities for writers.

Ever dreamt of seeing your story brought to life on-screen?

Queensland Writers Centre’s annual national Adaptable program has returned for a fifth year of forging creative connections between the literary and screen communities.

Applications are open now for submissions of published and unpublished manuscripts across a wide variety of genres and formats, with successful applicants given the opportunity to pitch their work to leading Australian screen professionals at Gold Coast Film Festival in 2023.

Read the application guidelines and get ready to submit your manuscript.

Join our upcoming online information session on 24 November to learn more about the program, and the unique opportunities it presents to writers both emerging and established.

What's on at Queensland Writers Centre

Longform live stream course

The Next Draft 2023
with Laurel Cohn

When: Six Tuesday evening sessions, 17 January - 2 May

Finished a first draft and wondering where to next? This popular, intensive four-month course will guide you through the steps, strategies and tools for completing a structural edit of your WIP.

Pop-up and meet-the-author

2023 Pop-Up & Meet-the-Author
with Heather Taylor Johnson

When: 12:30pm, Saturday 21 January

Find out what Queensland Writers Centre has in store for you and your writing journey in 2023, plus meet author and poet Heather Taylor Johnson.

Check out our website for more workshops and courses. 

Community events

Deborah Cass Prize for Writing Award Ceremony

When: 7:00pm, Wednesday 16 November
Where: Online

Supporters and members of the public are warmly invited to join online for the eighth and final award ceremony of the Deborah Cass Prize, including a keynote speech from Alice Pung OAM, and presentation MC'd by Dr Andonis Piperoglou.

Hard As - Bryan Hartas Book Launch & Panel

When: 6:30pm, Monday 21 November
Where: Avid Reader Bookshop, Boundary St, West End

A panel of people who worked with Bryan Hartas and supported his story-telling project will discuss his legacy and the importance of recording and sharing difficult stories by Forgotten Australians. Includes Queensland Writers Centre members and tutors Kristina Olsson (moderator) and Edwina Shaw (also editor and scribe of Hard As).

QUT Literary Salon - November Salon: Gold

When: 6:00pm, Wednesday 30 November
Where: The End Bar, Vulture St, West End

QUT Literary Salon's final event of the year, from their monthly reading series featuring work from some of the university’s most talented creative writers.

Ruckus Brisbane - Grand Slam Final

When: 6:30pm, Wednesday 30 November
Where: Lefty's Music Hall, Caxton St, Petrie Terrace

Ruckus Brisbane's last poetry slam event of the year, with winners from each month of the competition battling it out to become the 2022 Grand Slam Champion. Poets each get two and a half minutes on the mic to perform poems, rap, sonnets, and original spoken word, with judging from the crowd.

Right Left Write

Our November genre prompt for the Right Left Write flash fiction competition is Memoir. 

Whether you want to tell a life story or craft some fiction on the theme, submissions of short work (max. 500 words) close 30 November - submit now

Community news & Member Milestones

Across October and November, Mocco Wollert has had columns (MemoriesWhat's in a name) and poetry (If it hadn't rained that nightOndine the CharolaisKookaburra BirdAutumn Love) published in Seniors’ Digest USA, Your Time Magazine, and Quadrant.

Terrie Ferman’s poem Anniversary Gifts will appear in Brushstrokes III, the anthology compiled from the 2022 Ros Spencer Poetry Contest conducted by WA Poets Inc.

Juanita Simmonds has been announced as the inaugural recipient of the Christina Boughen OAM Fellowship, part of State Library of Queensland's Queensland Memory Awards.

Annette Tyson has recently self-published her first novel, Garrow Head a historical novel based on the story of colonial artist John Glover. It is available at Bundaberg Book Boutique, Dymocks Bundaberg and Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and can be borrowed from the Bundaberg Library.

Tess Rowley has been interviewed by ABC Radio Brisbane on her recently launched book, Remembering Nazareth House. The online feature article can be viewed at Remembering Nazareth House by Tess Rowley looks back on plight of Wynnum orphans.

We currently have too many Member Milestones to print! If you've submitted recently check back soon - and if you have achievements to share, keep on sending them in using the submissions form.

Competitions & opportunities

Melbourne Theatre Company - Cybec Electric

Closes: 21 November

With the support of the Cybec Foundation, Melbourne Theatre Company is seeking writers with unproduced plays for a development phase and then showcase at a public reading, with actors presenting works-in-progress with the assistance of directors and dramaturgs.

GenreCon 2023: Short Story Competition

Applications open: 5 December - 24 January

Accepting submissions of genre fiction up to 1,000 words on the conference theme Forbidden Doors. The winning story will be published online, and announced with a special presentation and reading at the GenreCon 2023 Launch Night event.

black&write! Writing Fellowships

Applications open: 30 November - 31 January

black&write! offers two Fellowships annually for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. Successful applicants receive $10,000 and a publishing opportunity. Submissions of short stories, novels or series of poems accepted. 

Australia Council for the Arts - Awards for Literature

Closes: 7 February

The Kathleen Mitchell Award is presented to an under-30 author of an outstanding published (or publication-accepted) novel or novella, to encourage advancement in their literary career. Recipient receives $15,000.

The Dal Stivens Award is presented to an under-30 author for a published (or publication-accepted) short story or essay between 3,000-10,000 words. Professionally edited self-published works are also eligible. Recipient receives $15,000.

The Marten Bequest Scholarships

Closes: 7 February

Scholarships of $50,000, providing financial support for young artists (under categories including acting, architecture, ballet, music, painting, poetry, prose, sculpture) to explore, study and develop artistic skills through travelling either interstate or overseas. 

This week's giveaway

Thanks to editor Edwina Shaw, we have copies to giveaway of Hard As: My Life as an Orphan Boy by Bryan Hartas (AndAlso Books, 2022).

Bryan's story is a testament to the human spirit, to a child's love for his mother, and the capacity of the heart to rise, and rise again.

Fill in the entry form for your chance to win. 

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Queensland Writers Centre

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Phone: (07) 3842 9922

Acknowledgement of Country

Queensland Writers Centre is based at the State Library of Queensland on Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane. Named after the native water rat (kuril), Kurilpa Point has a significant history as an important meeting place, and we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we reside. As we operate across the entire state of Queensland, we respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of all the Nations on which we meet and come together from.

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